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FEMA partners with BDS & AIA to provide Seismic Rehabilitation Training


FEMA TrainingOn June 4, 2008, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) partnered with BDS to provide a Seismic Rehabilitation Training for One-and-Two Family Dwellings.  FEMA chose the City of Portland because the Portland Area is known to have a high potential for large, damaging earthquakes. The training was developed and facilitated by a leading expert in the seismic rehabilitation field, Kelly Cobeen and the Applied Technology Council.  Funding for this type of course development and instruction was provided by the FEMA. 

FEMA Training 2There were over 50 attendees ranging from architects, building officials, engineers and City of Portland staff.  The main training topics included: Earthquake Effects; Seismic Rehabilitation Concepts; Building Code Requirements; Development of Rehabilitation Plans; Condition Survey and Basic Rehabilitation Construction. American Institute of Architects provided the Continuing Education Credits to participating architects.

FEMA Training 3In addition to the huge success of this first time training, there were a number of attendees that wanted to know when this course was going to be offered again.  The bureau will work with Thomas McLane of the Applied Technology Council and Cathleen Carlisle of FEMA to bring this training to the Portland area again.  Visit for Upcoming Events.

On behalf of the bureau, Director Paul Scarlett and Jed Sampson would like to thank FEMA, Applied Technology Council and American Institute of Architects for all of their work and participation.

For more information and copies of training materials, contact Outreach Program Coordinator Tiffani Penson at (503) 823-1109 or


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